I have been thinking about this post for a few months now, really hoping that it would be years before I had to write it, but here we are.
A special part of our last New Zealand trip was getting to spend time with Grae’s Grandma – GGMa (Great-Grandma) the name she took on when Adelaide was born.
She lived just an hour outside of Wellington, so we thought it would be nice to spend a couple extra days just with her before arriving in Wellington. What we didn’t know then, was that those special few days would be our last ones with her.
She was diagnosed with lung cancer in August, then in October it was discovered she had a brain tumor, and this month she developed pneumonia, which ultimately claimed her. Though these were incredibly sad months, I also think about how much she got to participate in life all around and specifically within these last few months.
Our June visit brought with it the chance to meet her first Great-Granddaughter (Adelaide) and spend some wonderful days with her, chasing her around parks, visiting family, and enjoying family meals together. Adelaide won’t remember these moments, but you better believe that Graeme and I will remind her of them often. In September she got to be there to welcome her second Great-Granddaughter to the world! I know she was so thrilled to be able to see these new little additions to her family. In October she celebrated the wedding of one of her Grandson’s and new Granddaughter! They were months paved with a lot of bad news, but they were also months that encompassed so much joy and I know that is what she embraced knowing her limited time left.
Marie Thompson was the matriarch of a grand clan, one that I had the privilege of being a part of. She welcomed me into her family like I had always been there. She reminded me so much of the Grandmother I had loved deeply and no longer had in my life. Her catchphrases will live in infamy within our family. Her thoughtfulness to remember everyone’s birthday is something I will strive for. Her generosity of spirit. Her inclusion to those that entered her large family. Her incredible talent in regards to knitting and crafting. Her fierce love for her family. She was a force to be reckoned with in the best possible way. These are all things that I will hold dear and share with Adelaide as she continues to grow up. To know her was to love her, truly. She will be missed every day.